Posted on August 22 2013
I started this journey with a goal in mind to eat healthier and add exercise to my daily routine. It didn't take very long for me to change my eating habits but as far as exercise...well, that's a different story. I realized that making time in my schedule for a workout was not an easy task. As a matter of fact, it was a big task!
As the first week began, I started thinking about how I could change my diet and still love the foods I choose. In the mornings I'd have fruit for breakfast like a grapefruit, bananas, mango and melons. I would also add a green juice to hold me over for lunch. By noon I would order lunch from a local health food restaurant. Every day I would have a tasty salad made with mixed greens, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, onions, feta cheese, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Throughout the day I'd drink plenty of water and snack on nuts and fruit. For dinner I would finish my salad from lunch along with a special homemade vegetable soup.
I kept this routine going throughout week 2. I also began to have detox drinks in the morning and began full workouts everyday. After finally finding the time to join the gym (across the street lol) I had no idea how to use the machines; it was very intimidating. Also, the classes I wanted to take started later than I expected. I would have liked to go in before work. I'm still finding a solution to this, but for now I'll just go when I can.
My first real workout was in week 2. I spent an hour on the treadmill and bike. Since then I've done yoga, hip hop, and pilates classes which I really enjoy. Despite my slow start with working, out I still lost weight. I began at 144 pounds and I'm now at 139 pounds. I know the inches have been coming off as well. I can feel the change in my body in just 2 weeks. My energy level is higher, my skin is improving and my digestive system is working over time.
I must admit I wasn't too pleased with my lack of exercise but in hindsight I think a slow start allowed me to take on "My Journey" at "My own pace" and design a plan "Just for me"!